The 18-year-old Yugoslavian-born forward and the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft—between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony—has played in just seven games for the Pistons.
SI: You're still waiting for your first basket. Is it coming soon?
Milicic: I hope, but nobody knows. It may be a month. It may be awhile. Who knows? But I hope.
SI: How tough is it to sit on the bench?
Milicic: Coming from where I play 30 minutes, this is not easy. But I know I got to wait for my chance. I tell the guys they are playing hard. That's my job for now.
SI: Back home your nickname is Surda, after a Yugoslavian movie character. Do you have a nickname yet in the U.S.?
Milicic: Here they call me Darko. I don't like nicknames, actually. But if they find something, I just better listen [laughs].
SI: Talk any trash on the court yet?
Milicic: No, I don't like this. For me, it is play and shut up.
SI: Do you follow how LeBron and Carmelo are doing?